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  1. Filipina's samples headed for Japan

    Posted Aug 04th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Japan has offered to conduct Sars tests and pay for the transportation from the Philippines of blood and tissue specimens from a deceased domestic helper who had worked in Hong Kong. ... but the cost to send the specimen was a factor, about US$1,000'. 'Japan has offered to pay so it will go to a lab in Japan and no longer to Hong Kong,' said the spokeswoman. Post-mortem ...

  2. Japan's contender in early pitch to be elected director-general

    Posted Sep 19th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez in Auckland, New Zealand Japan's Shigeru Omi, the World Health Organisation's regional director for Western Pacific, yesterday stepped up the race ... includes China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific islands and is home to 1.8 billion people. Earlier, Dr Nordstrom said the world had to remain vigilant for a flu pandemic. 'We ...


    Posted Sep 25th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Japan Dr Omi has played down the importance of nationality in the WHO's top post. 'Certainly I myself never worked as a Japanese. I always put the interest ... sure that when it comes to development of global policy, I will encourage all regional directors and representative offices to participate.' PROFILE Age 57 Nominated by Japan Credentials ...


    Posted Sep 07th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez During voting, the power play will revolve around China, Japan and the US, while the European Union could also flex its muscle China Does not have its own bloc. But its ... to vote for Dr Chan, if there is no strong contender Japan Asia has eight votes on the executive board, five from the western Pacific where contender Shigeru Omi has been re-elected as regional ...

  5. Margaret Chan 'has good chance'

    Posted Sep 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... contenders for the World Health Organisation's top job, say sources close to the UN health agency. She has 12 competitors for the post, including Shigeru Omi of Japan, who is the WHO's ... This is the first time that China has nominated a candidate for the top post of any UN agency. Japan's Hiroshi Nakajima was the WHO director-general from 1988-98, with his re-election notable following ...

  6. Tai Po virus like mainland strain

    Posted Feb 04th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The H5N1 strain found in a dead oriental magpie robin in a Tai Po village last month is similar to the bird flu virus found in Hunan and Guangdong, according to a genetic analysis. It is the first time the highly pathogenic 'V' genotype has been detected in Hong Kong, but it has been 'previously recorded in southern China, Japan and South Korea', ...

  7. Virus plan targets pigs

    Posted Nov 24th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... or Japan and the cost, at a few dollars a dose, would be borne by farmers. The virus, which can be transmitted from infected pigs and wild birds to humans by mosquitoes, affects brain membranes. ...

  8. No room for complacency in Asia's war on virus

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... and transferred to others. Control of pandemic influenza is much more difficult than Sars.' He said the latest research in Japan had revealed that the flu viruses had not shown any significant resistance to the drug oseltamivir, known as Tamiflu. Japan has used the most Tamiflu since it was marketed in 2002. Lance Jennings, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, the chairman ...

  9. Four more enter WHO race

    Posted Aug 24th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... who has Beijing's support. Dr Chan holds a slight edge over her two closest rivals- Japan's Shigeru Omi and Mexico's Julio Frenk. One more candidate was expected from ... was elected- that it might be time for an African to head the UN health agency, which was established in 1948. Its previous directors-general were doctors from Canada, Brazil, Denmark and Japan, aside ...

  10. Suspected virus sufferers have deadly flu

    Posted Jul 26th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Patsy Moy

    ... family members who had picked up the virus on a holiday in Japan. Panama flu has caused outbreaks worldwide in the past two years. In Hong Kong, it was the dominant strain among flu sufferers ...




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